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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WELCOME Y


ou all know how much I value entering awards – and not just the TJ Awards! Any





process that involves refl ecting on our everyday practice is worthwhile and really not done enough. T at is why I believe that when organisations take the time out to apply for an award, they should be admired – so a big round of applause for all those who took the time to enter the TJ Awards 2017. Special congratulations go to those entrants


frustration with those entrants who have clearly invested a lot of time and eff ort into their programmes, but fi nd it diffi cult to express that success in hard data: “it’s this that makes the lack of business focus so sad” (see page 6). Understanding the business is


So what made these organisations and their applications stand out from the rest? Their success lay largely in their ability to show real business benefi t in their initiatives and then to express them fully


who have met the criteria and been selected as fi nalists (see page 10). So what made these organisations and their applications stand out from the rest? T eir success lay largely in their ability to show real business benefi t in their initiatives and then to express them fully. A trick missed by some. As a judge of the TJ Awards over


several years, this has to be my main criticism of many entries – a sentiment echoed by TJ deputy editor, Jo Cook who joined the judging panel for the fi rst time this summer. Jo expresses her


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becoming more crucial for the L&D practitioner. It is not enough to understand learning theory and be able to design and deliver programmes. T e new professional needs to be ahead of the game, to anticipate trends and changes that will impact on the organisation’s core activity and then provide the means to solve those problems. We will be debating


the changing role of the L&D professional at the TJ Awards Conference on 5 December and


Jo is presenting our ideas at OEB 17, 6-8 December in Berlin. TJ editor, Jon Kennard will be reporting on the most relevant fi ndings emerging from this important L&D event, so please follow our reports @TrainingJournal or visit www.trainingjournal.com for regular updates, interviews and podcasts from the very best minds in L&D today. Happy reading!


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